Nature Reserves: The Pride of Lancashire

Nature Reserves: The Pride of Lancashire

When it comes to nature conservation, Lancashire is one of the best counties in England. With an abundance of nature reserves and national parks, nature lovers are sure to find their perfect spot. We have compiled a list of 4 nature reserves that you must visit if you are in Lancashire.

Deer Pond

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Situated at Townley Park, Burnley, this nature reserve features a beautiful lake surrounded by woodlands and grassland. The pond plays host to damselflies, dragonflies, and Burnley’s only deer herd, Roe Deer. Visitors do not often see this timid creature, but sometimes they can be found drinking water from the refuge pond on sunny days throughout winter and spring.

Marton Mere

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This nature reserve is located in Blackpool and is home to hundreds of bird species, including black-headed heron and black-backed gulls, as well as a large number of ducks. Marton Mere also boasts the endangered Cetti’s Warbler, which can be seen from April through September.

Heysham Moss Nature Reserve

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This bird sanctuary is home to Black Brows Moss, an area of peat bog which has remained undisturbed for thousands of years. The moss is a spectacular sight, and it contains one of the largest assemblies of Sedge Warbler in Lancashire during the summer months.

Warton Crag

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Located in Lancaster, this nature reserve features a disused quarry now home to Black Grouse, Natterer’s bat, Wild Cat, and the elusive Pine Marten. The site has good footpaths throughout, which makes for an excellent location for bird watching. You may also see some rare butterflies here, such as high brown fritillary.

Other honourable mentions include Fell End, Brockholes, and Longton Brickcroft, among many other nature reserves. Make a donation today to support these initiatives.